Thursday, February 20, 2014

A quickie - my new favourite dress and some sewing disappointment

Just recently I bought the most amazing 1940's rayon crepe dress from Laurence at Lost In The 50's - if you've ever seen what she wears on her blog, you'll understand why I jump to snap up any of her hand-me-downs!

1940s rayon novelty crepe dress miss l fire milded review plus size

The weather has been really strange at the moment, Sydney had a massive downpour while this photo was being taken but it was still 34c/93F (that's why the light is very odd).

This morning when I woke up there was not a cloud in the sky but the temperature was 14c/57F!

pin up girl plus size novelty bakelite brooch

The dress is a really simple style (gathered waist, dolman sleeves and keyhole neckline) but the fabric is amazing. Can you pick what the design is?

I wore this outfit to a Balboa Workshop that was put on by the amazing Peter Flahiff while he's here visiting Australia, and it was divine to dance in (thanks Laurence!).

Outfit detail:
Dress - Lost in the 50s
Shoes - Miss L Fire Mildred
Belt - Ebay
1940's Sweetheart Brooch - Etsy
Bakelite Bracelets - Etsy
Siam Silver Earrings - Etsy

In other news, the Playsuit I posted about recently is a major disappointment.

While the pants-part did fit (after taking them in copious amounts) the top was un-flattering no matter how many variations I've tried. It's on the reject heap for the moment.

After that disappointment I decided to throw caution to the wind and jump in with this easy* number.
Butterick B6019, Patterns by Gertie (mock-Shaheen).

*by 'easy' - I mean not very.
This is probably one of the most complex things I have ever sewn, but hey, go hard or go home.
The bust cups have a thin batting faux-bra inside. There's lots of shirring. You have to match a lot of placement lines across the bodice- what was I thinking?
I'm actually pretty excited about this, and hopefully I'll get to sew enough of it this weekend to take some decent in-progess photos to show you.
Did I mention that I only made one muslin, of the bodice?
Crazy times!


Evie said...

Great dress! We've had some CRAZY weather in the northern hemisphere this week, too. That's a shame about the playsuit. It's an amazing pattern! Good luck with the Gertie!

Lolita Haze said...

Wow! That dress! Those shoes! What a buy! You look beautiful. :) Sucks that the playsuit didn't work out for you.


Perlchen Noir said...

Wow...what an amazing outfit

xoxo Pelchen Noir

Claire Gittins said...

Thats a lovely dress. It looks easy to wear. Shame about your playsuit but good luck for your new project...

Lucy said...

I love your dress!! I have truly never seen a more awesome design - just fabulous :-)

Sarah said...

Your new dress is so pretty!

Laurence said...

This dress is just amazing on you!!! I'm happy to have sell it because it found a good new home!!!!

wardrobeexperience said...

the dress you got from laurence looks wonderful un you. great dress!!!

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